If you wish to reduce the wastage of energy in your home and also lower your energy bills, one of the first things you should do is to check the insulation system of your house.
50 to 70% of an average American family’s consumption of energy is used in heating and cooling their homes. A lot of this energy is wasted due to air leakage and inadequate insulation.
By insulating your house, you will be
– Maintaining a uniform temperature all through the house, making it much more comfortable
– You will make the floors, ceilings and walls cooler in summer and warmer in winter
– Save money
You should actively consider insulating your home if
– Your house is uncomfortably hot in summer and freezingly cold in winter. Creating a more uniform temperature in the house by adding insulation will increase comfort
– Your home is fairly old, and you didn’t add insulation in the past. A recent survey revealed that only 20% of all homes built before 1980’s were properly insulated.
– You have decided to build a new house or an addition, or you are installing new roofing or siding
– You are paying excessive energy bills
– Too much noise from outdoors is bothering you – insulation will help in muffling the sound
A proper insulating system uses a mix of construction techniques and products to protect the home from air infiltration, to control moisture, and conduct thermal performance. By making a moderate investment in a proper insulation system, you can not only make your home more comfortable but also reduce your cooling and heating needs by up to 30% of your current consumption.
Properly insulated homes not only save the homeowner’s money every month, it also helps in conserving critical energy resources for the country and for its future. Energy efficient homes are beneficial for the environment because of decreased rates of air pollution.
Which areas should you insulate?
Your ceilings, attic, basement and exterior walls, crawl spaces and floors should be checked for insulation, to find out whether or not it meets the recommended levels for your area.
What are R values?
Insulation is rated in R values, also known as “Thermal resistance”, which shows resistance to heat flows. The higher the R values of your roofs and walls, the better they will resist transfer of heat.
Insulation is made from a variety of materials such as fiber glass, rock wool, cellulose and other recycled material, and comes in 4 types – rolls, batts, loose filled or rigid foam boards, which fit in to different parts of the house.
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